Volume 94, Issue 77
Thursday, February 8, 2001
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT||
Melts in your mouth
219 Queens Ave.
By Beth Martin
Contemporary cuisine at a contemporary price, Scallions is a delicious destination.
Nestled at the corner of Queen's Avenue and Clarence Street in downtown London, Scallions houses a moderate sized dining room which offers continental cuisine at an affordable price, as well as lunch and dinner specials.
Upon arrival, the diner must proceed upstairs to a romantic and dimly lit dining room. A variety of seating offers both booths and tables.
The extensive menu includes detailed descriptions of the dishes, but the friendly staff are more than happy to answer any questions. This is the perfect restaurant for an intimate evening out, or perhaps a pre-theatre dinner.
Beginning with appetizers, choices range from a baked Camembert fritter, made up of Camembert cheese wrapped in puff pastry with mango chutney and raspberry coulis, to crab cakes or bruchetta.
The latter is composed of marinated tomato and zucchini on a klamata olive tapenade, all on Italian bread topped with feta cheese. The bread literally melts in your mouth making this appetizer the best part of the meal.
Next, choosing a first course can be narrowed down to the Soup of the Day or a selection of five different salads. All are available in large dinner portions, except for the mixed garden and Caesar salads, which are offered in small portions as well. The former consists of leaf lettuce, red cabbage, grated carrot, radish, red onion and mushroom slices, all topped with a raspberry vinagrette
Deciding on an entrée can prove to be a daunting task. Choices range from pork, beef, lamb, duck and seafood, all in rich and tempting combinations. The rack of lamb comes out as the victor though, as its tender and flavorful with a complimentary red wine sauce that doesn't overpower the lamb's delicate taste.
Although it was a little overcooked, the roast duck is also very flavourful, with its crispy breading and orange sauce. Both entrées are served with a side of vegetables: broccoli, sweet potatoes, zucchini and potatoes.
Not much was offered though for the vegetarian, save the garden, Caeser, winter and Taipei salads or the fettuccini primavera.
Scallions provides a pleasantly quiet, peaceful atmosphere coupled with
delicious food and wonderful service.
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